As an emergency services volunteer I regularly travel to storm affected areas, sometimes on trucks with open cargo areas or on charter flights that are loaded and unloaded on the tarmac at regional airports. I need to pack quite a lot of protective clothing as well as my own personal gear, and I need it to stay dry.
Ortlieb have a great reputation for bike touring and expedition gear, and their regular waterproof duffel bags are tough and reliable, made in Germany from fully waterproof tarpaulin fabric with high quality Tizip drysuit zippers. ...They recently added some wheels to create the RG range (34, 60 & 85 litres with telescopic aluminium handles) and the RS range (85, 110 & 140 litres without telescopic handles). The RS models rely on an integral foam tray (and your contents) to provide the required stiffness for towing, and save a little weight, bulk and cost in the process. I chose the 110 RS model as I had been using a similar sized bag from another brand and found it to be about right for me, given the quantity of gear I need to carry. Most folks would probably find a smaller model adequate. I paid $360 AUD including delivery. Fully filled to its maximum theoretical dimensions the Ortlieb Duffel 110 RS would be a couple of cm over the total linear maximum of many airlines for checked luggage, but in the real world it isn't really big enough to attract that level of scrutiny - and would be nigh impossible to measure that accurately anyway. Even the 140 would probably slip through, unless someone took a real dislike to you at check-in. The proportions of the 110 are good, it is surprisingly wide (much wider than my old duffel) which makes it really stable when wheeling and helps in finding your contents at the other end. It is a big empty bag with nothing inside other than a small pouch mounted on some cinch straps, and a small mesh pocket on the outside.
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